IT NOW! TIPS TO GET READY FOR
summer--a new school year is coming!
start of school, families face new organization
challenges. School bells ring--and so do early-morning
alarm clocks. Shorter autumn days bring a hectic round
of sports, activities and events, and calendars fill
with cryptic notes. Can the holidays be far
organized now for the best school year ever! Use these
ideas to prepare your home and family for the busy days
year floats on a sea of schedules. School functions.
Lunch menus. Scout meetings and music lessons. What do
you do when you're drowning in paper?
calms school year chaos like Calendar Central: a
centralized site for all family calendars and schedules.
You'll need a family event calendar to track
after-school activities, school programs and volunteer
work. Add specialized calendars and schedules, and you
have it: a one-stop shop for family time
Form is less
important than function. A paper calendar with large
squares lets you enter information easily. Pre-printed
white board calendars are easy to revise when necessary.
Color-coding entries by family member helps keep busy
users dedicate a planner section to serve as Calendar
Central, while tech-savvy cybergrrrlz store the info in
a smart phone and sync with multiple computers. Choose a
calendar format that works for your family.
family event calendar in a public place near the
telephone. Use magnets to attach the calendar to the
refrigerator, or tack it to a bulletin
other calendars to Calendar Central: school lunch menus,
class assignment sheets, sports practice schedules. When
the room mother calls for field trip volunteers, you'll
know at a glance whether you're free to join the group
on the bus that day.
Ease the family into a school
first day of school is no time for a drastic adjustment
of household sleep schedules. Instead, ease children
back into a school year routine gradually.
last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year
bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier,
closer to the hour they'll need to rise when school
neglect mealtimes! Younger children, in particular, need
to adapt to new meal routines before the school day
demands it of them. Plan meals and snacks to accustom
little ones to rituals of the school day before the
school year begins.
Check before you
the second-biggest sales month for clothing retailers.
Back to school clothing sales begin as early as July!
Are you prepared to run the school clothes
informed shopper is a savvy shopper, so prepare before
you shop. Take an afternoon and assess each child's
clothing needs. Empty drawers and closets of outgrown or
worn-out clothing, and either store or donate the
your child, clean and organize clothing storage before
new garments are added--and cut down on school morning
calls of "Mom! I don't have any clean . . . . "
wardrobe needs list for each child. Check for possible
hand-me-downs from older siblings as you make your list.
If you discuss the needs list and the family budget with
your children before you shop, you'll avoid in-the-store
ask the school for classroom supply lists before
shopping for school supplies. Forewarned is forearmed
... and helps protect the family
shop early! With back-to-school sales beginning in
mid-July, tardy shoppers have a tough time locating
needed supplies among September's Halloween costumes and
may require documentation from immunization records to
report cards from the previous school year. A little
preparation can prevent frantic last-minute
child's school beforehand to find out what paperwork
will be required--then find it! You won't be sorry come
Take aim on morning
are school mornings in your home? Crazed and chaotic, or
calm and cheerful? Plan ahead to send your
schoolchildren out the door in a happy mood.
evening, think ahead to the following morning. Set the
breakfast table as you clear the dinner dishes. Lay out
children's clothing the night
households may need a bathroom schedule so that everyone
gets equal time before the mirror.
What do you
do about books and papers, lunch money and permission
slips? Practice the Launch Pad concept! A
dedicated space for every family member, a Launch Pad
gets the family out the door in record time--and
Spiff up household
new school year quickens the tempo of family life.
Sports activities, music lessons, church programs and
volunteer commitments tap parental time and put new
mileage on the mini-van.
organized! Spiff up your household systems to meet
autumn's faster pace"
- Take a
stab at speed cleaning and whip through household
chores in record time.
- Cut time
in the kitchen: create a menu plan and never again
wonder "What's for dinner?"
- Try a
session of freezer cooking and stock the freezer with
prepared meals for stress-free dinners on sports
School Year! Time to swing into a new school year--from
an organized home.
SAVING MONEY WHILE ON VACATION
vacation is becoming more and more expensive. Here are
ten common sense tips to help you save money on your
- Rent a
sounds expensive can actually often save you money.
Consider renting a car instead of using the airport
shuttle. Many times the cost of the shuttle is more
than that of a modest car rental – and you have the
flexibility of having available transportation. Also,
if you are driving to your destination, renting a car
instead of using your own vehicle is often cheaper
than the extra wear and tear on your own car. Take
advantage of coupons to upgrade to a larger, and more
breakfast where kids eat free and split
meals. This can
mean an enormous saving for a family of four or
larger. Children are many times too excited or tired
to eat much at a time. Restaurants that are kid
friendly are more than happy to accommodate special
requests for extra plates.
- Eat lunch
in your room. You'll be
surprised how good a peanut butter sandwich, chips,
and fresh fruit tastes away from home, and everyone
gets a needed break from the heat and crowds of
advantage of coupons. Whether
it is for lodging, food, or attractions – coupons SAVE
money! Find them everywhere... online, in local
newspapers, at convenience stores, motels, etc. Always
read the fine print carefully for terms of the
- Bring your
own stroller. This can
save $12 to $15 a day at some of the
along individual refillable water
bottles. These can
be refilled at the hotel and at attraction water
fountains. A family of four could easily spend $20 or
more a day buying water.
advantage of multi-day passes at the
attractions. This is
especially a good deal when they can be used
- Make your
own reservations. Many
hotels and airlines offer additional discounts and
specials for booking online.
- Give each
child a set amount to spend. You can
tame the "gimmes", and your pocketbook at the same
time, by giving children a pre-set spending limit for
souvenirs. Also, invest in an autograph book (about $6
at most attractions) and watch the fun as the children
collect the "autographs" of their favorite characters.
My girls still cherish their "Barbie" autograph
obtained at Epcot several years
- Spend the
day away from the attractions. You're
paying for that hotel swimming pool... use it! Spend
the day at the beach or a nearby museum. The shopping
areas near the major attractions (like Downtown
Disney) have children's play areas, providing an
inexpensive day of fun for the little
Chicken with Sriracha Glaze
chicken leg quarters benefit from long, slow cooking
over indirect heat. The less intense heat also prevents
the sweet glaze from burning. Customize the glaze
according to what you have on hand; try pineapple
preserves or apple jelly in place of mango jam, for
example, or hot pepper sauce instead of Sriracha. Serve
with a simple slaw of cabbage, carrots, lime juice, and
*Yield:* 4 servings (serving size: 1
leg-thigh quarter and 1 tablespoon mango mixture)
* 2/3 cup mango jam
* 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh
* 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
* 2 tablespoons Sriracha (hot chile
sauce, such as Huy Fong)
* 1 tablespoon
* 4 (12-ounce) bone-in
chicken leg-thigh quarters, skinned
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1/4 teaspoon
freshly ground black pepper
1. Prepare grill for indirect
grilling. If using a gas grill, heat one side to
medium-high and leave one side with no heat. If using a
charcoal grill, arrange hot coals on either side of
charcoal grate, leaving an empty space in the middle.
2. Combine mango jam, chives, vinegar, and
Sriracha, stirring until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup mango
mixture; set aside.
3. Brush oil evenly over
chicken. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
4. Carefully remove grill rack. Place a
disposable aluminum foil pan on unheated part of grill.
Carefully return grill rack to grill. Place chicken on
grill rack over unheated part. Brush chicken with about
2 tablespoons remaining mango mixture. Close lid; grill
90 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into meaty
part of thigh registers 165°, turning chicken and
brushing with about 2 tablespoons mango mixture every 20
minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Drizzle
chicken with reserved 1/4 cup mango mixture.
Wine note: This dish's tropical fruit flavors
and spicy heat are ideal for gewürztraminer, a popular
grape of Germany and
mango and apricot flavors of the highly aromatic Hugel
gewürztraminer 2006 ($20) echo those of the glaze, while
a slightly sweet lychee nut character helps to balance
the heat. —Jeffery Lindenmuth
326 (29% from fat)
10.4g (sat 2.3g,mono 4.7g,poly 2.1g)
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